As of 7 a.m., August 29, 2008, Transocean over the past few days has evacuated approximately 400 personnel from the company’s 11 offshore drilling rigs in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Transocean at this time has 1,150 personnel still onboard its 11 rigs in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
The company plans to fully evacuate three moored semisubmersible rigs – with two rigs to be fully evacuated today and one rig to be fully evacuated tomorrow.
The company’s eight DP (dynamically positioned = use thrusters) semisubmersibles and drillships are continuing to prepare to move out of the path of the storm, and these rigs are operated and maintained by crews of essential personnel.
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